An ideal city

Young tal­ents are in­te­gral to a grow­ing metropo­lis’ vi­tal­ity: re­port

Global Times – Metro Shanghai - - FRONT PAGE -

Shanghai now ranks first as the coun­try’s top city for con­duct­ing busi­ness, ac­cord­ing to a new re­port from The Ris­ing Lab, a big data depart­ment un­der Yi­cai Me­dia Group. Shen­zhen, com­ing in at third, has sur­passed Guangzhou, while Beijing is sec­ond.

Ris­ing Lab re­cently re­leased China’s Cities 2018: Cities of Busi­ness At­trac­tive­ness, which grades 338 pre­fec­ture-level Chi­nese cities based on data of 170 com­mer­cial brands and data from 19 in­ter­net com­pa­nies and in­sti­tu­tions.

The rank­ing for China’s four first­tier cities changed for the first time in three years. Shanghai now ranks first on the list and Shen­zhen has sur­passed Guangzhou, rank­ing third. Shen­zhen’s gross do­mes­tic prod­uct sur­passed 2 tril­lion yuan ($315 bil­lion) in 2017; the rise is mostly at­trib­ut­able to its pur­suit of in­no­va­tive sec­tors, ac­cord­ing to Yi­cai Global.

Among the cities, 15 in­clud­ing Chengdu, Hangzhou, Chongqing, Wuhan, Suzhou, Xi’an and Tian­jin are deemed most likely to join the ranks of China’s first-tier cities based on over­all in­dices in terms of con­cen­tra­tion of busi­ness re­sources, com­mu­ni­ca­tion-hub types, ur­ban res­i­dents’ vi­tal­ity, life­style di­ver­sity and fu­ture pre­dictabil­ity.

Chengdu, cap­i­tal of South­west China’s Sichuan Prov­ince, held its po­si­tion at the top of the list of the top 15 “emerg­ing” first-tier cities in China, which has be­come a pri­or­ity des­ti­na­tion for many com­pa­nies to launch new branches due to its sound busi­ness en­vi­ron­ment. A city’s ca­pa­bil­ity as a trans­porta­tion hub is also very im­por­tant when com­pet­ing with other cities, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

Mean­while, venues like res­tau­rants, cof­fee shops, sta­di­ums, book­stores, mu­se­ums and cinemas are also re­quired for peo­ple to re­lax, meet, com­mu­ni­cate and ex­change ideas.

Thirty cities were clas­si­fied as sec­ond-tier cities, 70 as third-tier cities, 90 as fourth-tier and 129 as fifth-tier based on the list.

At­tract­ing tal­ents

“We are try­ing to as­sess all the cities un­der a uni­fied mech­a­nism, to judge what kind of city is the best,” Shen Con­gle, chief edi­tor of The Ris­ing Lab, said at the fo­rum in Shanghai. Shen added that they also hope to fig­ure out a way to help ex­plore an ideal city. Dur­ing the fo­rum, guest speak­ers em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of at­tract­ing young tal­ents to help main­tain a city’s vi­tal­ity. Nan­jing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Xi’an and Wuhan all launched new poli­cies re­cently to at­tract graduates and pro­fes­sional tal­ents (such as pro­vid­ing hous­ing sub­si­dies) ac­cord­ing to the Ris­ing Lab re­port. City plan­ning and eco­nomic re­searchers have proved that tal­ents are the core el­e­ment push­ing for­ward a city’s devel­op­ment, said the re­port. Guests speak­ers said that they be­lieve the in­ter­net has brought many pos­i­tive changes to peo­ple’s liv­ing habits and life­styles, as well as the city’s fu­ture pat­tern. The Ris­ing Lab added that the num­ber of young peo­ple in Chi­nese cities is a sig­nif­i­cant el­e­ment in their as­sess­ment, which has built four data­bases on cities’ com­mer­cial re­sources, cities’ on­line user be­hav­ior and cities’ de­vel­op­ing ten­dency.

Pho­tos: Cour­tesy of The Ris­ing Lab

Main: Shen Con­gle (first from left) with guest speak­ers at the fo­rum

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